Sunday, 27 October 2013
I am late to the game on this one, but delighted I found it in time for Halloween. From KNB makeup effects maestro Greg Nicotero comes The United Monster Talent Agency; a short film love letter to all the classic horror movie monster of yore. Presented as an old-timey newsreel, all the familiar faces are here, from Dracula to Frankenstein's Monster to the Creature From The Black Lagoon, and some familiar non-monsters too, including the gleeful Eli Roth, Frank Darabont and Robert Rodriguez.
I only just heard about this film while watching the fascinating documentary Nightmare Factory (essentially a biography of Greg Nicotero), which also deserves ample viewing, but for now, in the spirit of the season, sit back and have a giggle and a smile with The United Monster Talent Agency.
The United Monster Talent Agency from Generate on Vimeo.
Sunday, 11 August 2013
Horror Lives! Episode 8, Where We Have Underage Sex And Do Drugs In The Forest And Are Generally Reckless
We told you we'd be back! The new episode of Horror Lives! is live right HERE, and in this more manageable length podcast, in honour of the upcoming comprehensive Friday The 13th documentary Crystal Lake Memories and Joey's recent writings for UK Horror Scene's Slasher Month, we (not literally) smoke the pot, have the underage sex, say 'I'll be right back' and look at slasher films, from Psycho all the way to Scream 4 (with many pit stops and tangents along the way).
So, please, join us for a lively and unnecessarily bantery episode that moves along faster than a teen been chased by a machete-wielding psycho. An exceptionally great way in for those who have are looking to get their feet wet with slasher films.
I'll be right back...
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Saturday, 10 August 2013
First off, the film is complete and we are currently doing pre-orders for the film right HERE. For $10, you can get your own digital copy of the film, and for $30, you can get an exclusive DVD copy of the film with a bonus disc containing Nicky Royston's brilliant score to the film (by fuck, we worked hard on it!). For other amounts, you can get different loverly perks, including signed posters, name in the credits, or face time with the stars. So, yeah, plenty there to ponder on.
As you will see, that link is to an IndieGoGo page. 'What's the deal, huh? I thought you said it was finished?' you throw at me. It is, and it even had a VERY successful premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival in America, where is won Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking. What is happening now is that we are gearing up for the Irish release, and have some very big plans in the works to get the film released to the public in a VERY accessible way (sorry, I have to be a little vague), and what comes with this plan is that we need capital to do the DVD print run. You out all that together and you get the goal on our IndieGoGo page. It is a flexi-funding campaign, so whatever we raise will be kept by us (minus IndieGoGo's fees) and put back in to the film's release. Even if we don't reach the goal, we will of course be fulfilling the perks, and put anything else remaining back in to getting the release done. It might seem like a high goal, but a lot of people can tell you, we are looking at the bare minimum to get the film out to you (and by God, do we want to get it out to you!).
So, please, if you are a kind-hearted person, take a look at the IndieGoGo for The O'Briens and contribute if you can, and spread the word! I want my first feature film to be seen by as many people as possible!
Speaking of seeing the film, we are also finally having the Irish premiere! Taking place on September 19th in the very fancy Eye Cinema in Galway (where Ally and I saw the Irish premiere for Toy Story 3 a couple years back), the premiere will include many of the cast and crew in attendance, as well as some other possible special guests. If you go to THIS LINK, you will find a way to pre-book tickets, should you be so inclined (which you should). You will also see there is the standard screening with a Q&A (anyone who has heard me on the podcast knows I can run my mouth off), and there is also a very special VIP package, which includes a fantastic-sounding afterparty, including performances by many bands (including Roisin O, who I was delighted to get in the film's soundtrack).
Hey, there aren't many better ways to spend a Thursday in Galway. Especially not September 19th!
While you take that all in, please enjoy the trailer for our film, and I hope to see you on the pre-order page, or else in person at the premiere!
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Sunday, 28 July 2013
The Arrow Video folks have done it again. One of the few remaining distributors that actually care about putting out good home video releases have set their sights on one that it is shocking has taken this long to finally be released as a special edition in the UK/Ireland; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Though released on DVD here before, the special edition from America never made it over to us here. Until now, that is. And even better, this is going to be a beautiful Blu-Ray, and Arrow never skimp on their Blu-Rays. 3 discs. That's enough to get anyone's chainsaw revving.
The first disc in the release seems to be pretty much a straight port of the US release and it's features, which I reviewed in depth HERE (and wasn't exactly crazy for). The main attraction with this release is the inclusion of director Tobe Hooper's first feature film, Eggshells, and a short, The Heisters, as well as some other Arrow Vid unique features. It'll be lovely to finally see Hooper's early work, and realised in such a loving manner.
Expect this one to be released in the UK/Ireland on October 14.
Here's the current list of features, as released on the Arrow Video website:
3-DISC LIMITED EDITION SET FEATURES:
-High Definition digital transfers of three Tobe Hooper films
-Original uncompressed audio tracks for all films
-Limited Edition Packaging, newly illustrated by Justin Erickson
-Individually Numbered #/10,000 Certificate
-Exclusive Limited Edition Extras
DISC 1 – THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a digital transfer supervised by Director of Photography Richard Kooris
-Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-Audio commentary with director and co-writer Tobe Hooper, moderated by David Gregory
-Audio commentary with stars Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams and special-effects legend Tom Savini, moderated by Michael Felsher
-“It Runs in the Family” – A documentary looking at the genesis, making-of and enduring appeal of Hooper’s film. With interviews including star Bill Johnson, co-writer L. M. Kit Carson, Richard Kooris, Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Tom Savini, Production Designer Cary White and more!
-Alternate Opening sequence with different musical score
-“Still Feelin' the Buzz” - Interview with horror expert Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA
DISC 2 [BLU-RAY] & DISC 3 [DVD] – TOBE HOOPER’S EARLY WORKS – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition (DVD) presentation of two of Tobe Hooper’s early works, available on home video for the first time in the world
-The Heisters (1964) Tobe Hooper’s early short film restored in HD from original elements [10 mins]
-Eggshells (1969) Tobe Hooper’s debut feature restored in HD from original elements [90 mins]
-Audio Commentary on Eggshells by Tobe Hooper
-In Conversation with Tobe Hooper - The legendary horror director speaks about his career from Eggshells to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
-Trailer Reel of all the major works by Tobe Hooper
100-PAGE BOOK – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
-Exclusive perfect bound book featuring new writing on the film by John Kenneth Muir, an overview of the Chainsaw franchise by Joel Harley and an investigation of Tobe Hooper’s three-picture Cannon deal by Calum Waddell, illustrated with archive stills and posters with more to be announced!
Once again, I am a major sucker for Troma, and the always candid behind-the-scenes documentaries are always nothing short of entertaining. It's not just what goes on in a Troma documentary that is captivating, but with how open and willing Lloyd Kaufman and co are to look bad for the sake of authenticity. It can't help but make me respect Troma on another level entirely.
First up, All The Love You Cannes, where we follow the Troma team at the 2001 installment of the reputable French film festival, and the chaos and anarchy that goes on trying to market and sell their indie films when up against the likes of Warner Bros.
Next, there is a bit of context needed. It all starts with Tales From The Crapper, a bizarre film in the Troma canon. Shot digitally, the film is notorious for producer India Allen delivering a below-par film while using all the budget and the inadequate reshoots and extended editing period that followed to try make some sense out of what was salvageable. Kaufman has been very public in his condemnation of what was initially shot, and the tie-in documentary The Thick Brown Line focuses on the reshoot from hell coupled with his own thoughts on what went wrong and where he was to blame.
It's interesting in that it features a scene where Troma members make fun of Wes Craven for donating $100 to the production while he was in the building (which I think they are wrong to do. It's not like the guy carries wads of cash on him!):
These videos are taken from Troma's YouTube channel, where an extensive selection of their back catalogue is available FOR FREE. Use it or lose it, folks.